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Title:Portrait of an English I student: studying English at a multilingual university
Author:Leibowitz, Brenda
Year:1994
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Volume:11
Pages:15-32
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:language instruction
English language
universities
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10131759485310061
Abstract:The learning process is coproduced by the learner and the instructor. However, in the South African context there seems to be more awareness on the part of educationists of the instruction process than of the learning process. This article deals with learner behaviour by looking at the situation at one tertiary institution in South Africa, the University of the Western Cape (UWC), from the point of view of an ex-DET (Department of Education and Training) English I student. The article presents the learning experience of this student and shows how a variety of factors - societal, personal, linguistic and curricular - all have shaped her experience. One of the key points that emerges from this portrait is that it is vital for staff, especially those in charge of designing the curriculum, to have an understanding of where the students are coming from, what educational strengths and weaknesses they bring, and how they are experiencing the curriculum. App., bibliogr., notes.
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